One question that comes up now and then by new members is how to embed photos into their posts. It is certainly more stunning visually to include photos in a message rather then just a link to the images. Here is a short illustrated guide.
First you need an account on an image hosting site. Popular sites are Flcikr.com, Photobucket.com, Imageshack.com, google drive, etc. Most hosting sites have free and paid accounts. The paid accounts have more features and offer more storage space. Please read the User and Terms of Service agreements carefully. Many of the sites will assume some or all usage rights to the images you uploaded with no financial compensation to you. So read the fine print. If you don't agree, don't sign up.
Terraforums has it's own hosting site. Information on this site can be found here. Please contact the Terraforums administrator (Andrew username=adnedarn) to set you up an account. Each member of Terraforums also has a personal gallery. If you are a "Thank You" (green) member you have more storage space for you gallery. You can upload and host images from there.
If you are a Terraforums "Thank You" (green) member you can include photos as attachments. There will be a section on the message editor for attachments. You may have to go into the advanced mode to see this function. No host is need for attachments, you upload them directly from your device or computer.
Once you have an account and uploaded your photos what then?
Basically all you need then is the URL to your image. Once you have that you can paste the URL into your post. The URL should be surrounded by the BBCode tags (Bulletin Board Code - a markup language similar to HTML used by many Bulletin Board (forum) software packages).
Note also that most forums in order to reduce bandwidth usage have size restrictions on embedded images. Please honor these restrictions however the newer forum software have filters that will resize the image output automatically. This can introduce delays and shifts in the output image quality. If for some reason the full size image needs to be displayed then use a link instead of embedding the image. You can always provide a thumbnail. Typical restriction is no larger than 1024 x 780 pixels.
Your URL: http://www.somehostingsite.xyz/photos/yourphoto.jpg
The BBCode tags (without spaces in them): [ img ] [ /img ]
So you would paste into your post (again without spaces): [ img ] http://www.somehostingsite.xyz/photos/yourphoto.jpg [ /img ]
Many of the hosts can provide you with this code so you merely have to copy and paste the code into your message.
The message editor on this forum has a button to add these tags for you. On the message editor tool bar click on the "Insert Image" button (picture frame icon) and enter or paste the URL into the popup and click ok.
Next we will go through examples of some of the hosts. These can change at any time as the hosting companies update their websites.